Cause of Donegal teenager’s death unknown

Mystery continues to surround the death of a Donegal teenager who was found unconscious in Derry city centre at the weekend.

Mystery continues to surround the death of a Donegal teenager who was found unconscious in Derry city centre at the weekend.

Caolan Page (19) died after being found unconscious with serious head injuries at Magazine Street in the early hours of Saturday morning. The St Columb’s College student, who lived with his mother and stepfather near Killea, died at Altnagelvin Hospital on Sunday. There were unconfirmed reports yesterday that the death was being treated as a tragic accident. However, the police investigation continued along several lines of enquiry yesterday.

A police spokesperson appealed for anyone who was in the Magazine Street area and who may have seen Mr Page to contact detectives at Strand Road. He had been out with friends on Friday night “Police are very interested in talking to anyone who may have saw him in the area of Waterloo Place, Waterloo Street making his way towards Magazine Gate at about 1.17am or who may have been in the area of Guildhall Square, Union Place or Lower Magazine Street around this time.”

A post mortem examination, which was due to take place yesterday, is now expected to be held this morning. Caolan was originally from Derry but had been living near Killea in recent years with his mother and his stepfather, who is from the area.

Donegal County Councillor Paul Canning said the news of the Mr Page’s death had been a bombshell for the local community. “People are devastated at such a young life being taken, “ he said. “It’s sad because of the uncertainty of what did happen. It’s terrible for the parents.”

St Columb’s College Principal, Sean McGinty, yesterday led tributes to young man. “It was with deep sadness and regret that we learned of the death of Caolan Page, a Year 14 student at St. Columb’s College – an able and hardworking student with tremendous potential. Our thoughts at this time are with Caolan’s parents, grandparents, extended family and many close friends who have suffered such sudden and traumatic loss.”

Shantallow Sinn Fein Councillor Tony Hassan, who worked closely with Mr Page’s grandfather, John Doherty from Galliagh, said the family was “devastated” by the loss. “I’d like to express my deepest sympathy to the entire family at this very sad time.”